August 2002 -- VOLUME I, ISSUE VII

R E S E A R C H @ OSU Engineering

OSU Engineering has received a three-year, $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a lightweight, highly portable cooling unit that will bring relief to soldiers, first responders, and haz-mat workers who toil in airtight suits, often in sweltering temperatures. In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, OSU will develop the cooling system within its microtechnology research program known as MECS (Microtechnology-based Electrical, Chemical, and Biological Systems), which has just been designated a “research center” by the university and is gaining international attention.

S T U D E N T S @ OSU Engineering

Bioengineering PhD candidate Starr Metcalf spent eight years as a river guide on the river featured in the movie Deliverance--the Chattooga. During that time, she saw the river’s water quality--and quantity--drop dramatically, inspiring her to do something to help protect other rivers. A year ago, she arrived at OSU, passing up offers from Berkeley and other schools, to work with bioengineering professor John Selker and immerse herself in…water. Her research is helping bring water back to NE Oregon’s Walla Walla River, which for a century has been drained bone dry every summer for irrigation and mined for gravel. Working with OSU Engineering alum Bob Bower, Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council water resource specialist, Metcalf is also helping mitigate the mining damage and find a water level that works for farmers, fish, and the Umatilla Tribes. Water is flowing again, and everyone’s pleased, Metcalf says. “People are thrilled to have their river back. Nobody wants a dry river. This is not just science and engineering. It’s people working together with science and engineering. This is how it should have happened in the Klamath Basin.”
Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council:

I N D U S T R Y  C O L L A B O R A T I O N @ OSU Engineering

As the world’s cities continue to swell, urban drainage is becoming a critical issue. Wayne Huber, OSU civil engineering professor and former head of the OSU Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, is co-hosting one of the world’s largest and most diverse international conferences on this subject. The 9th International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD) comes to Portland on September 8th for a weeklong gathering of engineers, scientists, and managers of urban water resources who will address the global challenges of flooding, sewer overflows, urban stream protection, and more. “This is a great example of how OSU Engineering faculty are leaders on the national and international scene,” says Chris Bell, Associate Dean of Engineering. “Wayne is definitely world-class in urban hydrology and storm water management.” For more information go to:

B U I L D I N G @ OSU Engineering

Plan to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kelley Engineering Center on Saturday September 21 at 10:30 a.m. Live music, refreshments, and a high-tech animated fly-through of the new building are just part of the festivities. Then stay on campus for the OSU-Fresno State home football game later that day where a halftime ceremony will feature OSU Engineering and honor OSU Engineering alum Martin Kelley whose $20 million gift is making the new building a reality. For more information contact Gail Mathieson at or toll-free at 1-877-257-5182 (press 5). You can RSVP for the event at

Track progress of the new Kelley Engineering Center at

F A C U L T Y  &  S T A F F @ OSU Engineering

OSU computer science professor Cherri Pancake once worked in the isolated mountains of Latin America as a physical and cultural anthropologist where she used ethnographic research techniques to document the human cultures in that part of the world. Although Pancake is now one of the world’s leading computer scientists, she’s tapping the ethnography skills she used in her “previous life” to develop software programs that are much more human-friendly and intuitive for the people who actually use them instead of for the programmers who develop them.

I N N O V A T I O N S @ OSU Engineering

In order to bring it’s cutting edge research to a worldwide audience--in full color--OSU is considering joining the ResearchChannel. Since its inception in 1999, nearly 30 research universities have joined the network, including Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and the University of Washington. Research organizations involved in the network include the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and National Institutes of Health. The network reaches almost 12 million viewers.

H E A R D  O N  C A M P U S @ OSU Engineering

"OSU Engineering’s Top-25 Drive is the absolute correct way to go. The whole state of Oregon needs to look at how it can contribute to the nation and the world. The OSU College of Engineering is at the heart of this because there are many unique and world-class capabilities at the College. The top-25 Drive is an outstanding way to meet this goal."

--Jeff Peace, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing 747 Program.

U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S @ OSU Engineering

September 21: Kelley Engineering Center Groundbreaking
October 5: “Tektronix Lab” Dedication Ceremony, Mechanical Engineering
October 16: “Lean Automation Lab” Open House, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
October 22: Industry-Sponsored IEEE Senior Dinner
October 23: OSU Engineering Career Fair
October 25: OSU Engineering’s Oregon Stater Awards
November 2: Homecoming against Arizona. Be sure to visit the OSU Engineering tent where you can meet alumni and friends and see displays of some of our latest research projects.

I M P O R T A N T  L I N K S @ OSU Engineering